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Students lead the way in sustainable sailing

Students are on the stage with their certificates

Finalists of The Green Blue University Sailing Sustainability Challenge awarded at RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show.


The green actions of university students were celebrated at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show, supported by Sunsail, yesterday (Saturday). Twenty-one university sailing clubs from across the country signed up to take part in The Green Blue University Sailing Sustainability Challenge, with fourteen clubs successfully completing their award level.


A student collects his club's certificate from Kate Fortnam.


Now in its ninth year, the Challenge sees students completing a range of sustainable activities, from beach cleans to equipment swaps, to reducing waste, and raising awareness of important environmental issues in their local area.


Representatives from each of the clubs joined Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager, and Olympic gold medallist Eilidh McIntyre, on stage for the awards ceremony and prize draw. The clubs were entered into a cash prize draw of £1000, sponsored by Rooster®. King’s College London, the winning club in the Bronze category won £200, £300 in the Silver category was won by the University of Southampton Sailing Club, and £400 was won by Aberystwyth University Sailing Club in the Gold category, £500 was won by the University of Bath Sailing Club in the Platinum category.


A student collects her club's certificate from Kate Fortnam.


Commenting on the success of this year’s Challenge, Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager, said:

“It’s fantastic to be able to congratulate so many university sailing clubs in reaching their green goals, particularly the Platinum Award Level clubs which received record entries this year. The students continue to lead the way in demonstrating what clubs and associations across the UK can achieve with limited time and budget.


“Every small change that we each make as clubs, or as individual boat users does have a greater environmental impact. What the students have accomplished as a collective over the past few months is truly remarkable, each of them should be proud of their actions.”

Two students collect their club's certificate from Kate Fortnam.


Kate Morrison, Rooster® Product and Marketing Manager, said:

“In partnering with the Green Blue for the University Sustainability Challenge this year, we’ve loved backing a cause that resonates deeply. Seeing university students enthusiastically embrace environmental action is inspiring. Our support is more than just a gesture; it’s a recognition of the substantial impact they’ve made. Here’s to the students, driving change for a greener tomorrow!”

You can find out more about the Challenge by visiting the University Sailing Sustainability Challenge page, or by emailing the Environment team.


Successful University Sailing Clubs ‘23-24

King’s College London
University College London Sailing
University of Warwick Sailing Club

University of Dundee Sailing Club
University of Southampton Sailing Club
University of Aberdeen Sailing Club

Aberystwyth University Sailing Club
University of Leeds Sailing Club
University of Bristol Sailing Club

University of Cambridge Sailing Club
University of Bath Sailing Club
University of Sheffield Sailing Club
University of Exeter Sailing Club
Durham University Sailing Club



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